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10-18-2009 @ 10:40PM
Both roleplayers and non-roleplayers have generally confused storytelling with roleplaying, and that's the source of the issue with this post. Storytelling isn't roleplaying and doesn't require playing in character.Unfortunately, not only do troll-players have a "lol RP" reaction to storytellers, roleplayers themselves tend to try to get them to RP "for real" instead of just telling their stories the way they want to. Forums that could be used for posting character stories are called "role playing" forums and posters are expected to stay "in character" (even when the poster wants to be an author, not a character).For that matter, a lot of role playing doesn't even really require a narrative; the two things are really distinct activities and shouldn't be conflated.You can also split out lore nerds - people who have an encyclopedic knowledge of the "source material" with or without a desire to add to it. These people also get confused with roleplayers sometimes, but they're also not the same thing.
10-19-2009 @ 12:09AM
Storytellers. Roleplayers and Lorenerds may not be the same thing, but I think the three are tightly related. I consider myself lorenerd and storyteller (though the stories are all in my mind, not "telled" yet). I'd like to RP but all my friends play on a PVP realm, and I'm also a raider and raid with them frequently.
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